Letter from George Ward to Prudence Ward, April 18, 1838
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New York April 18. 1838. My dear Mother, Another letter from Prudence yesterday giving me good news of Edmund - of his having left the Hospital +being as his sister Eliza’s - and of his gaining strength daily. - And she writes that he talks of visiting his brother Charles - + returning home this week. I wrote Caroline last Saturday - + gave them an invitation to come to N York - before they went home, - and told them that the Elliots wanted me to write them to come + make their house their home while here - for they would be exceeding glad to have them - it would give them great pleasure. - Mr. Elliot thought it worth a beneficial thing - for E to take a trip after he was well enough to move about - and to come this way would be doing him + his family a favor - to say hosting of the pleasure I should derive from it - + perhaps some one [sic] else. - But I am afraid he will not. - P. thinks he will not - so she says. - I saw a short account of E’s care in the Christian Register of last week - It was this account that I allu- ded to in the margin of the newspaper I sent you last Saturday - which contained the results of the election in the city during the past week. - I had some hopes that I should have had a letter from Caroline - within the few last days. - but none has come. - Perhaps she may write before they leave B - tho’ Prudence says that she told C. that _she_ should do it as fast as she heard from from C. Although I feel that E is out of danger + is fast on the recovery - yet I want to _know_ it, from himself. - So I hope to have later news from him soon - thou’ C + P. - Prudence adds that you will return to Concord [page break] soon after E gets to Scituate, - but I think it likely you will receive this before you leave. - I dare say you and the young folks have had a fine time together - you always used to. - They no doubt laid themselves out to please you: - no very difficult task. - P. gave me some extracts from Quincy’s letters - about the death + burial of the rooster - I should have been very much please to have recd. a letter from [-] myself - Perhaps he will write me. - From Ellen too - I am aware she has but little time however for such things - and is obliged to [---] up a correspondence with her cousin Mary + Miss ~~somebody~~ Goddard in Roxbury. - I suppose she or some one else has informed Mary or her father, of E’ going to the Hospital - + good result. I dreamt last night that I saw Henry Edmund. I wish it would “come true” soon. I hope Edmund will not think of returning to his labours too early - as it may prove injurious to him now that he has rid himself of that which has borne him down so long. - he surely ought to be very careful for some time of his health, which will probably be delicate for a while. - I wrote Dennis to day - P. mentioned to me that she wished me to - and so I did - It is a good while since I wrote him - longer still since he had written to me. - I hope every thing is going on well with the good fellow + his family - + dare say it is - There are no great convulsions in this region - but every thing moves along slowly + surely - A better way - for their real comfort. - I trust I shall hear from before long. - I gave him [page break] all the latest intelligence I had from Caroline + her husband. - She and P. had both written to him since E’s sickness - He will rejoice with the rest of us - at E’s recovery. - I noticed to day the death of Miss Mehitable Pri[---] sister of our friend in [-----] Canada - aged 84 years. - Did you ever know her? - I have been thinking you said there was a sister of his residing in Vermont - This is probably the same - unless he had more than one. - Rev. Mr. Emerson brought a better to me from P - and by him I wrote to her + sent the Indian hatchet. - In her last she acknowledges the receipt of them - I says that John T. has sent home a large quantity of Indian relics. I expect that sister P. will will get deep in this subject before long. - She gave a piece of her mind about the unfortunate Cherokees - The ideas I think are perfectly right about them - I only wish that those who make our laws, could be made to feel as she does. I sympathize with Ed, Geo. + Ellen in the loss of [loss] rooster- but Ed. seems to have made up for his [loss] at the event in the pleasure of attending to his [loss] obsequies. - The loss of Rolla - I look upon as a really severe loss - in every way. - The first of May is near upon us - + this time I believe there will be some changes in our house - for Mr. + Mrs. Mitchell have determined to move - after threatening to every year for the last half a dozen Susan joins with me in kindest love to Ellen + the boys - and to you my dearest mother. - Ever your affectionate son George. - [page break] [addressed to:] Miss Prudence Ward Care of Revd. E.Q. Sewall, Scituate, Massa. [stamped] NEW YORK APR 20
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